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Mobile Dev + Test is offering Android development tutorials and sessions and Android Police readers can get an exclusive $600 discount [Sponsored Post]

The Mobile Dev + Test conference is back this year and better than ever with in-depth Android development and mobile training, tutorials, keynotes, and sessions! In addition, it will be collocated with IoT Dev + Test. Both conferences will be happening at the Westin San Diego April 24–28, 2017. If you register for one conference, you gain access to both conference programs. You can pick and choose what content is right for you and build a customized week of learning and networking.

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Snap recognizes it should focus on Snapchat Android app development to keep its users and growth

Snap Inc., the official name of the company behind Snapchat, filed for IPO (Initial Public Offering) yesterday and is planning to be a publicly traded company in March. In its official filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Snap shed a lot of light on its goal as a company and how it operates, and among the pages and pages of financial details and jargon that I don't understand, it mentioned Snapchat's risk factors and potential growth hurdles, both of which do have a few instances of "Android" in them.

The main takeaway from the sections talking about Android is that Snap is cognizant of its app's poor performance on our beloved OS.

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Google will discontinue Google Now Launcher in the coming weeks

Google currently has two launcher apps in the Play Store; Google Now Launcher and Pixel Launcher. In a few months, there will only be one. According to an email forwarded to us by a tipster, Google has alerted GMS partners of its intention to remove Google Now Launcher from the Play Store in the coming weeks. OEMs that use GNL have options, though.

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Kairosoft's newest game is 8-Bit Farm, with delightful pixel art and cheery music

The games of Japanese game developer Kairosoft are known for their gameplay and the distinctive pixellated art style. There's a new one out now, named 8-Bit Farm which... you guessed it, simulates a farm in 8-bit graphics.

It's pretty similar to Kairosoft's other offerings, in that you build something - in this case a farm. Build the best farm possible and attract as many visitors and 'agritourists' to see the flowers that are laid. Or raise the best livestock of any farm in the region. Alternatively, produce the best crops. It's really up to you. The game has a tutorial at the start, but generally leaves you alone after that.

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Play Store testing new My Apps screen with separate Updates tab and different sorting methods

A couple of weeks ago, Cody found interesting strings in his teardown of v7.4 of the Play Store that hinted at an update or complete overhaul of the My Apps screen. Today we have our first glimpse of what that new design looks like, thanks to a tipster who has it on his device.

Like Cody's teardown revealed, the new layout has different sorting methods and string names for when the app was last updated or used. But with the screenshots below, we can fully understand how the code translates into a usable UI.

Instead of the Installed and All tabs you see now for apps you have on your device and all apps you've ever downloaded from the Play Store, respectively, there's a new separate tab for Updates.

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[Facepalm, Shrug] WhatsApp adds plenty of new emojis from Android 7.1 including professions and gender equality

Emojis, there are thousands of them and yet you always seem to be looking for that one emoji that doesn't exist yet. Did we have to wait this long to have a facepalm or crossed fingers? I guess we did. Anyway, let's skip the pointless blabber and go straight to the point: WhatsApp has new emojis on Android.

Regardless of which version of Android you're using, WhatsApp 2.17.44 beta (APK Mirror) has implemented the font images to properly display plenty of new emojis that are found in Unicode 9.0 and Emoji 4.0. If that sounds like jargon to you, you should know that in layman terms, they're all the new emojis found in iOS 10.2.

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tinyCam Monitor 7.4 released with 24/7 cloud recording, 50% off sale

Home security cameras are great, made all the better when there's a great app to control them with. Accordingly, tinyCam Monitor has just had a major update to version 7.4, with some big features surrounding the cloud in tow.

The talking point here is definitely 24/7 cloud recording. This means that the recordings, which will now take place continuously, will be uploaded to the cloud, and when the quota of 500MB is exceeded, the oldest JPEGs uploaded will be deleted to make way for new footage. There are other new features for recording, as well - the archive for cloud recordings and on-device recordings can be deleted on demand, and less memory is used for the Motion JPEG (MJPEG) streams.

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Google Photos v2.8 rearranges Albums and Device Folders, prepares for Nearby sharing and Auto-stories [APK Teardown + Download]

The latest release of Google Photos hit today and it brings a few visual adjustments to a couple of the screens we visit most often. The pages for Albums and Device folders have been rearranged a bit to pack more things on the screen at once. The teardown also reveals upcoming support for easier photo sharing through Nearby and a new creation tool for mashing up your pictures and video.

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Progressive Web Apps will soon act more like native applications

Chrome has offered the ability to add shortcuts to web pages on the home screen for a while now. When Chrome 51 was released in 2015, Google took it a step further by allowing certain sites to use Web App Install Banners, customize the shortcut's loading screen, and hide the Chrome UI.

Now Google is taking Progressive Web Apps a step further. Starting with Chrome Canary today and Chrome 57 Beta in the coming weeks, web apps added to the home screen will be near-indistinguishable from native applications installed from the Play Store.

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Glitchskier is the perfect game for the hacking, developer culture

Heard of Mr. Robot, the popular USA show that features developers, hacking, giant, evil corporations, and computers? If so, listen up: Glitchskier is a game where the player hacks the computer to progress, defeating enemies, boss fights, and the system itself.

Playing Glitchskier doesn't really feel like a game at all. It's more like a computer, with the game prompting you to open a game-within-a-game to play. This thing is hard - maybe I'm just not very good at it, or I need more practice, but it's a tricky one to master. Simply put you, an arrow ship thing, need to destroy the enemies heading towards you as you advance through a level.

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